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Viggo Mortensen-Mahershala Ali’s ‘Green Book’ Set for Awards-Season Release

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Universal has given road-trip drama “Green Book,” starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, an awards-season release of Nov. 21.

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Production companies are Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures. Peter Farrelly directs the movie, based on a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line.

Mortensen portrays an Italian-American bouncer with a seventh-grade education who is hired to drive a world-class pianist, played by Ali, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. They must rely on the "Negro Motorist Green Book" to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for blacks. Confronted with racism, danger — as well as unexpected humanity and humor — they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive.

Producers are Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler and Farrelly along with Farrelly's fellow writers, Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie. The drama is executive produced by Octavia Spencer, Participant's Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, along with Cinetic Media's John Sloss and Steve Farneth, as well as Kwame Parker. Linda Cardellini co-stars.

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Lionsgate Intl. Set to Sell Out on Participant Media’s Viggo Mortensen Starrer ‘Green Book’

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Title proves one of the hottest tickets on the 2018 Berlin market

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by John Hopewell

Lionsgate Intl. is on track to sell out at the Berlin Film Festival on one of the hottest tickets on the market: Viggo Mortensen-starrer "Green Book," which is produced and financed by Participant Media.

Directed by Peter Farrelly, and co-starring Mahershala Ali and Linda Cardellini, "Green Book" has sold to leading distributors in multiple major territories such as Germany (eOne), Japan (Gaga), France (Metropolitan), Italy (Leone) and Latin America (Sun Distribution).

Set in a pre-Civil Rights movement Deep South, "Green Book" will be put through Amblin Partners output deals in China (Alibaba), South Korea/Vietnam (C.J. Entertainment), India/Pakistan/Indonesia (Reliance) and the U.K., Australia/New Zealand Benelux and Spain, where eOne holds an Amblin output deal.

Nordisk will release in Scandinavia and Lev in Israel as part of Participant Media output deals.

Written by Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie, "Green Book" has also been sold by Lionsgate Intl. to Taiwan (Catchplay), Hong Kong (Intercontinental), Middle East/Greece/Turkey (Italia), Eastern Europe (M2 Films), Malaysia (Multivision), Philippines (Pioneer), Thailand/Cambodia (Sahamongkol), Switzerland (Ascot) and South Africa (Times Media).

Lionsgate will sell out the rest of the territories before the end of the market, the company said Monday.

Set in 1962, "Green Book" tells the true story of the growing friendship between Tony Lip (Vallelonga's real-life father), a nightclub bouncer who's been hired to chauffeur the highly-educated African-American piano-playing prodigy Dr. Don Shirley through the Deep South on a concert tour. The two rely on the Negro Green Motorist Book to guide them to the motels and restaurants that they could use on the trip.

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Berlinale: A Cautious Market Meets a Reviving Independent Business

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Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen star in new projects at a Berlin market boosted by a number of early looks at high-profile movies in the making. Even so, activity at this year's European Film Market is unlikely to diverge much from the caution seen at recent major gatherings, such as Sundance.

"It's probably going to be a slow and small market again, but definitely better than the AFM, which was a complete disaster," said Ivan Boeing of Brazil's Imagem.

"Buyers are increasingly cautious, want to see more and more before buying," added Anne Chérel at Studiocanal, whose lineup is led by French Revolution epic "One Nation, One King."

That wariness reflects the unevenness across the international market. "A movie can do great in Italy but won't work in France," Lionsgate's Patrick Wachsberger said. "To have a shot you have to be original. 'La La Land'? Original. 'Wonder'? Original. And they're not big-budget."

For the most part, distributors at the EFM will sift through a mainstream lineup with an accent on upscale quality, not big-budget popcorn fun.

Berlin does not give cause for total pessimism, however. Among the biggest players, Lionsgate Intl. is bringing Keanu Reeves' "John Wick: Chapter 3" and drama-comedy "Green Book," starring Viggo Mortensen and helmed by Peter Farrelly, "who is a great surprise, given the types of movies he's directed," Wachsberger said.

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NEXT VIGGO MOVIE: Movie inspired by 'The Negro Motorist Green Book' to film in New Orleans

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The latest info on Viggo's next movie, Green Book from NOLA


Actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are set to star in director Peter Farrelly's New Orleans-shot drama 'Green Book'.

Actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali are set to star in director Peter Farrelly's New Orleans-shot drama 'Green Book,' which takes its title from the guidebook 'The Negro Motorist Green Book,' which was published annually from 1936 to 1966.

By Mike Scott | The Times-Picayune

As half of the Farrelly Brothers directing team, Peter Farrelly is most well-known for such gross-out comedies as "Dumb and Dumber" and "There's Something About Mary." With his next project however, which this week filed paperwork to shoot in New Orleans, audiences will get to see a decidedly different side of him.

Farrelly's Universal-backed "Green Book," which is in pre-production and is scheduled to start shooting after Thanksgiving, is a civil-rights-era road drama starring Oscar-nominated "Captain Fantastic" actor Viggo Mortensen and Oscar-winning "Moonlight" actor Mahershala Ali. The film takes its title from a guidebook published annually between 1936 to 1966 called the "Negro Motorist Green Book," which listed businesses -- restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, service stations and the like -- that served black customers.

"It's a true story in 1962, where this black concert pianist named Don Shirley had a tour of the South and he was afraid, as he should have been," Farrelly told IndieWire in June. "So he went down to the Copacabana and hired the toughest bouncer, played by Viggo Mortensen, to drive him. It's these two guys on the road for three months touring the South and all the (things) they run into. I'm really looking forward to it."

Farrelly co-wrote the script with Brian Currie and Nick Vallelonga. According to Variety, Vallelong's father was the real-life bouncer on whom the film is based.

"Green Book" will be shot on an estimated budget of $28.9 million, according to paperwork filed Monday (Oct. 30) with the state. Of that, $20.5 million will be spent in Louisiana, with $14.8 million of that being earmarked for in-state payroll. Principal photography is expected to last 35 days.

The production will mark a return to town for both of the film's lead actors. Ali co-starred 2008's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and 2016's "The Free State of Jones," both of which were filmed in the New Orleans area. Mortensen appeared in 1996's "Albino Alligator" and 2009's "The Road," both of which were also shot in New Orleans.

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